War Games and the Forgetting Challenge

One of the hardest challenges facing any organization that aspires to innovate is overcoming the existing orthodoxy.  This is especially so when that orthodoxy has become a successful and well celebrated part of your company’s past, and has led to the successful rise through the ranks of many of your senior executives. It’s a topic I’ve touched on before, with ...

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How WOW Air Disrupted The Airline Industry

A remote, often misunderstood country, Iceland  has become one of the hottest tourist destinations. So, how did one airline company disrupt the airline industry through a low-budget carrier? The Rise of Icelandic Travel in the United States: Iceland is anticipated to have more tourists than their entire population this year according to Vox.  This is quite alarming since a mere six years ...

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Should the Manager be in the Ideation Meeting?

You want to hold a meeting with your team in order to generate some really creative ideas. You would like the group to challenge assumptions, think differently and come up with plenty of radical proposals.  Here is the dilemma. You naturally want to lead the meeting but should you be in the room at all? Unfortunately for managers, your presence ...

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Multi-Target Look at Social Media and Open Innovation

Given social media’s incredible reach and the potential for new and even more amazing platforms to quickly evolve, companies must begin to figure out how to leverage this tremendous power. The starting point, I believe, is to understand that a multi-target approach is needed because most open innovation efforts lie in three different circles. There is often a significant overlap, ...

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Innovation Mantras from R&D

Innovation Mantras from R&D

Research and development is tightly coupled with product management and innovation. To learn how an R&D person thinks about innovation, I talked with Dana A. Oliver, who has 30 impressive years of experience in R&D groups. He now focuses on writing and coaching, after leaving Medtronic, the medical device company, where he was the Senior Director of R&D. He has ...

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Innovation Mandates from the Trump Administration

Innovation Mandates from the Trump Administration

Transitions between presidential administrations, whether within party or across parties, bring significant disruption to the Federal government, but can also create opportunities. New administrations bring changing policies, priorities, and leadership, and it is critical for government organizations to develop transition stories that fit within the new paradigm. When considering how the transition may influence the government innovation framework, it is helpful ...

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Innovation Needs a Home

Innovation Needs a Home An innovation program needs a home. Many believe it should be as close to the business units or revenue source as possible. While occasionally this works, I have found if the innovation program is placed inside the business unit, typically it results in improvements vs. innovation. Innovation based in the individual business units is generally focused ...

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Why Organizations Fail

A few weeks ago, my little girl came down with a case of strep throat. From there, things followed a predictable pattern.  My wife soon came down with it as well and then I did too. We took turns lying in bed unproductively, woozy from a high fever and struggling to swallow. It was a silly episode when you think ...

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Innovation Trumped

Innovation Trumped

Apologies in advance if any of the content in this article offends political sensitivities and affiliations; it’s certainly not the intention.  Judging by the press and social media, to most people in the UK and probably in Europe as a whole, it appears that the election of Donald Trump as president of the USA is beyond surprising.  But digging beneath ...

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